Help Me Out: Book and Movie Recommendations

Posted May 11, 2018 / Goals & Planning, Personal / Information / Etc. / 20 Comments

If you remember my 101 in 1001 list, I had a few book and movie-related goals. One of them was to get 15 book and movie recommendations from friends, then read/watch them all. It seems like an easy enough task to complete in order to get me out of my comfort zone and see what some of my favorite people would recommend. Here’s what I shared in my post:

Ask 15 friends to suggest one book and movie; read and watch them all | I’ve seen this goal on the project’s website in a different flavor, but I brought it down to 15 people and wanted to also do movies. I know I can head right into the blogosphere for these recommendations 😉

I know that there are some friends I’ll be targeting directly for recommendations, but there’s a huge chance that people suggest books I’ve already read or movies I’ve already seen. I don’t want to say “nope I’ve read it” or “sorry I’ve seen it” to every person I ask, so I figured I would just collect as many recommendations as possible and pick out 15. I’ll make it easier on myself and allow picking one book from someone and not their movie, if I’ve already seen it, and vise versa. The recs don’t have to all come from the same person for both. (So ignore the phrasing in the initial goal, okay?)

If you could recommend ONE BOOK and ONE MOVIE to me (or your go-to recommendation for everyone), what would they be?

Here are some things about my ~general preferences~ that you can either (A) take into consideration to be sure I’ll like it or (B) purposely avoid because you should push me out of my comfort zone!

Favorite Books & Genres
Favorite Movies & Genres
  • Comedy
  • Romantic comedies
  • Superhero (Marvel, sometimes DC)
  • What About Bob?
  • Superbad
  • Good Burger
  • Hilariously bad movies (The Room, etc.)
  • The Lion King (and other animated classics)
  • Full list of some favorite movies here

Leave your recommendations in the comments! I’ll compile a master list of the recs I plan on pursuing in this post later on.

20 responses to “Help Me Out: Book and Movie Recommendations

  1. Rebecca

    I recommend to you:
    Friday Brown by Vicki Wakefield and Stand By Me.

    Great challenge, have fun with it!

  2. I don’t have any you haven’t seen/read! Obviously #1 movie is Empire Records and #1 book is HP. My favorite hilariously bad movies are Sharknado and anything starring Nicolas Cage. But I hope you get all your recommendations!

  3. If you like TJR, I would recommend Emily Giffin. She writes chick-lit, but they’re not really fluffy. They have more substance, like TJR.

    And for movies, if you haven’t seen the Goosebumps movie with Jack Black yet, I would highly recommend it! It’s so funny, and I love the way it incorporates all the RL Stine Goosebumps books.

  4. This is so hard because you read so much! I would recommend The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor #1) – it’ll give you total Harry Potter vibes or The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss and for movies… I feel like you’ve already seen all of my favorites (Star Wars, LoTR, Marvel, etc)!

  5. Book – Speak: The Graphic Novel by Laurie Halse Anderson (very powerful adaptation)
    Movie – I think you have seen it already, but I always recommend Twister, especially in the spring. If you have, what about John Wick?
    Good luck with your challenge. This is such a good idea!

  6. Contemporary books are MY JAM. It looks like we have some similar tastes, too. Some recommendations:
    – Graffiti Moon and/or Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley
    – Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
    – Prince in Disguise by Stephanie Kate Strohm
    – Little Black Dresses, Little White Lies by Laura Stampler
    – We Own the Night by Ashley Poston
    – Anything by Katie McGarry
    – Saving June and/or Speechless by Hannah Harrington
    – Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins (not contemporary, but still fun)

    Sorry that’s a lot haha I just hope there’s a few things in there you haven’t read yet! I love talking about less popular books or backlist titles that people might have missed!!

    Lefty @ The Left-Handed Book Lover recently posted: Movie Review: Sing Street
  7. For a book rec – I think you’ll like Liane Moriarty – any book written by her. For movie – I’m going old school with your rec. – The Wedding Singer, Bad Santa (or Badder Santa).

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